Are Rewards & Incentives Worthwhile?

While everyone works for a paycheck, it’s not secret that most employees prefer to be acknowledged with rewards and motivational incentives as well. Applying incentive programs above the annual pay raise can be a tricky task.

There are three main concerns when it comes to determining whether or not implementing a reward system will hinder or help your business:

1. Will an employee’s attitude change? While it is possible for an employee to produce high-quality work with a not-so-wonderful personal attitude, he will, more often than not, have a better attitude if he feels his work is appreciated.

2. Will your employees begin to exhibit behavioral changes? The hope is that they will because employee reward programs will keep them satisfied. They’ll be less likely to call out from work, waste time, or look for new jobs. Of course, your employee rewards have to be worth their efforts or they’ll become disgruntled and stop trying to achieve the goals you’ve set.

3. Will the rewards you choose have a motivational effect? In the end your employees will work harder not only because they want rewards but because they know their work will be evaluated often.

In the end, it comes down to whether or not you are able to implement an employee reward system that is favorable to both your organisation and the employees themselves. What are some of the ways you reward your employees for their hard work and dedication?

Thanks again,

Sean McPheat

Managing Director

MTD Training   | Image courtesy of Big Stock Photo

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Originally published: 14 November, 2008

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